Alicia Keys Quotes


A lot of times I watch TV and I watch film and there's so many things I'd love to talk about that I feel don't get the opportunity to be shown. Sometimes things become very stereotypical and one-sided, and I feel like it's such a colorful world.
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A Minor is one of my all-time favorite keys to play in. It's a very moody key, and also 'A' is the first letter of my name. It just represents the songs through my eyes.
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Adam Levine and I remade the Rolling Stones' classic Wild Horses, and it is right up my alley, that whole style. It has a style of its own but still stays very true to the classic arrangement, and I love it.
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And I love kick boxing. It's a lot of fun. It gives you a lot of confidence when you can kick somebody in the head.
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But when I first fell in love with the piano, I knew it was me. I was dying to play.
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I always want to stay focused on who I am, even as I'm discovering who I am.
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I believe Aids is the most important issue we face, because how we treat the poor is a reflection of who we are as a people.
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I feel like B sides are always better, no matter whose record it is.
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I have a lot of strange ideas and brainstorms.
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I have my mother who is an Irish-Italian, and my father who is African, so I have the taste buds of an Italian and the spice of an African.
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I lived with my mom in a really small apartment. My bedroom was like in the living room. That's why I still love to sleep on couches now.
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I love Bono. I really respect what he has done for Africa and how he has used his fame to do good in the world. I hope I can do half as much in my life.
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I love my own music.
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I love the written word so much, I know it's gonna flow naturally.
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I promised myself that I'd never actually admit to listening to 'New Kids on the Block.'
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I really appreciate Frank Ocean's lyrical style, I appreciate the way that he can kind of draw you into this personal space, but it's still lyrical. It's almost poetic, in a way, but it's very personal at the same time.
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I really like to live my life in a low-key fashion.
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I see what happens when one gets very attached to material things. That's just not what my life is.
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I was tired and I had overworked myself and burnt myself out. So I went to Egypt by myself. When I saw what was built there, it made me understand how powerful we are, that we can create anything. And I felt like I needed to create things that were timeless too.
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I would hate to make music and people love me for something that isn't me.
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I'd rather not have anything than be a liar.
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I'm a very caring person.
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I'm not ashamed of what I am and that I have curves and that I'm thick, I like my body.
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I'm very happy with my body.
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I've always been strong-minded, but I wonder.
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I've stepped more into my business and really... taken control for how I want that to be.
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If I didn't love it, I would not record it.
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If I want to be alone, some place I can write, I can read, I can pray, I can cry, I can do whatever I want - I go to the bathroom.
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It's not until I hear songs that I've done, that I realize how much of an inspiration music from the '60s and '70s has been.
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Let's keep trying to reach that higher ground. I forever want to reach that higher ground.
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My mom always said, 'Don't date a guy who thinks he's prettier than you.'
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My mom is definitely my rock.
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My mother is an actress, and she used to drag me from theater to theater and reading to reading.
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Not because I'm trying to be fabulous, but I love those big crazy Jackie O shades.
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Once people see this 'Unplugged,' I just want them to feel the spontaneity, to feel passionate, ... I want you to see another side of me, that's free, and feel where my head is, where whatever happens, happens. I want you to feel inspired.
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Simplicity makes me happy.
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Sometimes I've gotten photographs back and people have literally shaven off pieces of me, and I tell them to put it back.
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Soul music is timeless.
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Stevie Wonder's records introduced me to '70s soul when I was 12 or 13.
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The last thing I want is to walk into my house after a long day and see all the Grammys and awards. It would make me feel weird.
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We are all one. We're not as separate as we oftentimes think.
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We're all going to change. Otherwise, it's boring.
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When I was first learning songs, I'd have a favorite song, and I'd take the chords and twist them around. I'd learn the chords and then play them backward. That was my first experimenting with writing a song.
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When I was younger, studying classical music, I really had to put in the time. Three hours a day is not even nice - you have to put in six.
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When you're talented, you're talented.
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You've got to love what's yours.
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